Diggs, Richardson Get Mizzou Soccer Back on Track

Sunday, Oct. 14-

With only a few minutes left on the clock, junior Dominique Richardson scored the game-winning goal for Missouri, putting them up 2-1 over the Crimson Tide in Tuscaloosa, Ala., Sunday afternoon.

Alabama’s record would fall to 7-7-2 overall and just 2-6-2 in conference play, while Mizzou added another win to its record, improving it to 13-3 overall and 8-2 in the SEC.

The Tigers jumped on the Tide early in the game when junior Alyssa Diggs got things started with a goal in the fourth minute. She picked up the scraps of a loose ball and made something beautiful out of it. Diggs showed off the footwork and followed it up with a nice goal, racking up her total on the season to seven.

In the 62nd minute, Alabama’s Pia Rijsdijk tied things up when she found a loose a ball in the box and nudged it past Missouri goalie, McKenzie Sauerwein. Despite the one slip up, Sauerwein would still post six saves in the game.

Late in the second half, Rijsdijk had a break away opportunity to possibly give Alabama its first lead of the game. She would be hunted down and stopped by Allison Hu as Missouri’s defense would only allow one goal in the entire match.

Late in the game, Missouri sophomore Taylor Grant played the ball up to the middle of the field and then passed to Richardson. With time running out, Richardson maneuvered past Alabama defenders and work her way closer to the goal.

When she reached the box, she hammered one past Alabama’s keeper giving Missouri the lead late in the game.

Head Coach Bryan Blitz told mutigers.com, “We’re very fortunate to steal this win today on the road. We thought our overall depth really helped us today with this performance but at the end of the day good teams find a way to win.”

Next weekend Missouri will wrap up the last two home games of the season. The Tigers’ next match against Arkansas will start at 6:30 p.m. Friday.

-Jonathan Casey
23 Sports
Staff Writer